About Hong Kong

Records show that Hong Kong was controlled by China since the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and became an British's colony in 1842. On July 1st, 1997, Hong Kong was reunited with China. The official name of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (Hong Kong SAR).

Today Hong Kong has many differences from the mainland China such as having different economic systems as well as political systems making it almost an independent "country" by itself. There are currently about seven million people living in the Hong Kong area making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. (6,410 people per square kilometer)

Hong Kong uses its own currency and has low taxes and has an excellent trading economy being the twelfth largest in the world. Part of this is due to its good Geographic location and easily accessible human labor.


As one of the world’s most competitive cities, Hong Kong is home to some of Asia Pacific’s very best universities in terms of their teaching and research achievements. According to the QS Asia University Rankings 2010, among the eight institutions funded by the UGC, three institutions, The University of Hong Kong (first place), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (second) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (fourth) are in the top five in Asia and in the top 50 in the world. Another two institutions (City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University) are also within the top 200 in the world.

University of Hong Kong

is working on their strategic plan. They are working to assist the economic growth of Hong Kong. They play their key role in the development in Hong Kong.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

is working on the mission of modernity. There objective is based on the research work. Meanwhile they are providing research methodology to their students. They are spreading their global aim in other parts of the world. They open educational gateway to the west.


With a view to attracting outstanding local students to advance their studies at home, and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong, the Government established in 2008 the $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (the Fund) to recognize outstanding local and non-local students. Each academic year, the Government will distribute a sum of money, funded by the investment income generated from the Fund, to the nine institutions [the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)] offering full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or above levels. The scholarship is $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students. In 2011, the Government injected $250 million into the Fund to extend the benefit to students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programmes offered by five institutions (City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council) from 2011/12 academic year onwards. The scholarship award for these sub-degree students is between $20,000 to $30,000 per year for both local and non-local students. Starting from the 2012/13 academic year, up to ten targeted scholarships have been offered to first-year non-local full-time students from ASEAN countries, India and Korea, who are enrolled in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong. The scholarship is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned and renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance of the awardees.

Selection Criteria

In deciding if a student who applies for the above scholarships should be awarded, the institutions take the following qualities into consideration – Students of full-time publicly-funded degree or above level programmes
(a) excellent performance in academic studies;
(b) recognized contribution to the institution/society;
(c) demonstrated leadership and good communication skills;
(d) strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.


What is the eligibility criteria of studying in Hong Kong?

1. An application for a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may be favourably considered if :
a.the applicant:
① is admitted to a private school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) or Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320). Except for post-secondary education, entry for study in public or aided schools (other than English Schools Foundation Schools and Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools) is not permitted;
② takes up studies in a full-time locally-accredited post-secondary programme including short-term course or part-time locally-accredited taught postgraduate local programme Note 1;
③ is admitted on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programmes at sub-degree level for not more than 6 months or on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programmes for not more than one year at undergraduate or above level;
④ is enrolled in a full-time course on the register of non-local higher education or professional courses as set up under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap. 493);

Is there financial aid for my study in Hong Kong?

Consider carefully your finances when choosing a course. You may have to explore funding opportunities. The Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA) provides various assistance schemes to students pursuing further education. Check out SFAA’s website for more information.

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